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Have Your Say On Our Town Plan

By Mark Beale

From Monday, Whitsunday residents will be able to have their say on the future of our townscapes.

The Whitsunday Regional Council Draft Planning Scheme has been revised and is ready to once again go out for public consultation.

The revised scheme has seen a significant roll back on the proposed increases to building heights around Airlie Beach following scathing feedback during the first public consultation period late last year.

Under the original plan, the land within Waterson Way would have allowed for eight storeys but has now been dialled back to six.

Meanwhile, the land side of Airlie’s main street has been reduced from a proposed eight storeys to five.

Port of Airlie has also seen a reduction, with the vacant lots down to five storeys from a possible 12 and the southern precinct down to four storeys from eight.

This means the landside of main street and the area bounded by Waterson Way are now the only sites to see height increases.

With the consultation period set to run from Monday until Friday, October 14, Mayor Andrew Willcox said display stalls would allow residents to familiarise themselves with the current proposal before providing feedback.

“The council planning team will be at six locations during the public consultation period operating a display stall where the community can examine display posters to grasp the issues facing the region and discuss any concerns with the planning team on the ground,” he said.

“A submission box will also be available for you to lodge properly made submissions that include your name, address, signature and submission grounds.”

Submissions can be made in person at the stalls or at council’s Customer Service Centres, online by visiting, or by mail to PO Box, 105 Proserpine, Qld 4800.

For more information on the proposed scheme visit


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